Board of Director
Volunteer Types: Governance (Boards, Committees)
Organization types: Public/Society Benefit, Volunteer Centres/Bureaux
Ongoing (more than a year)
Application Deadline: June 20, 2022
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For 65 years, Volunteer Ottawa has been a leader in helping people make a difference in our city and throughout the region. We strengthen our community by supporting volunteers and the non-profit sector, with a focus on promoting volunteerism, engaging communities and building expertise. VO is governed by a Board of Directors and we are currently looking for energetic and experienced professionals to join us.

The Board’s role is to:
– assist Volunteer Ottawa to fulfill its mission and vision
– define and monitor the strategic plan
– work with the Executive Director to find the resources needed for its mission and to finance its programs
– provide financial oversight and accountability
– maintain effective governance of the organization
– ensure the legal and ethical integrity and accountability of the organization.

General Expectations of Board members:
– prepare for and actively participate in board meetings, committees, and strategic planning sessions
– stay informed about trends and issues affecting the organization, its members and the volunteer community
– get to know other board members and build collegial working relationships that contribute to consensus
– commit to a leadership role in board, committee, fundraising and special events
– be an active participant in the board evaluation and planning efforts
– contribute financially
– disclose all material facts and relationships where there may be a conflict of interest
– be guided by Volunteer Ottawa’s core values in behaviour and actions

The Nominating Committee is currently looking for candidates with the following skills and backgrounds:
– senior leadership in the private, public and/or not-for-profit sector, particularly at the local level
– legal expertise, particularly in areas relevant to the not-for-profit sector
– public relations, marketing, and communications
– active networks in diverse communities across the region, including rural areas

Along with one or more of the following:
– previous Board experience
– relationship building and fundraising
– advocacy, outreach and/or public speaking
– bilingual – English and French

Candidates with other applicable experience and strengths are also encouraged to apply. The time commitment is a minimum of 5 hours per month, dependent on levels of activity.

Board members selected in 2022 will commit to an initial term ending in May 2025.

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
This is a great opportunity to leverage your specialized skills and perspective to directly support the work of an organization that plays a central role in the not-for-profit community. It is also an opportunity to grow your network across sectors throughout the region.
How will the organization benefit?
You will support VO in achieving its mission and vision. We share a deep belief that volunteerism is a key aspect of individual and community wellbeing, offering opportunities to come together and collaborate in a way that improves the lives of others and society as a whole.
Volunteer location:
208-815 St.Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, ON, K1K 3A7


Christine Trauttmansdorff
@Volunteer Ottawa
Ext: 155
Time it will take to contact applicants:


This position would be great for: Adults, Newcomers to Canada, Person with a disability or medical condition, Seniors (65+)
Number of Positions Available: 5
Good for people interested in: Governance (Boards, Committees)

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  • Public transportation available
  • This position can accommodate persons with a disability
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